F1 2011 Round 05 – Spanish GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 05 of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship, at Barcelona, Spain. The Santander Spanish Grand Prix signals the return of Formula 1 to its traditional European venues, most of which have several decades of racing history. The Circuit de Catalunya has hosted the race since 1991, before which the Spanish GP was held at four other venues – Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (nine times between 1968 and 1981), Montjuich (four times between 1969 and 1975), and Jerez (1986-90). Since the Catalunya is also a heavily favoured test track, and most of the pre season testing takes place here, it is usually upgraded and maintained quite well.

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2011 Turkish GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , , on May 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel waltzed to an easy victory in the Turkish GP today and serenely went about his business of increasing his already huge points lead while an exciting race unfolded behind him. The Red Bull man has now won three of the four races so far in 2011 and finished second in the one race he missed out. This is hardly the traditional Red Bull start to the season – not a single retirement so far, no squabbles between the drivers, and no sign of the young impetuous German who made several driving errors. Instead, what we have seen so far is a calm, composed, confident champion who has barely put a foot wrong, and has made a scorching start to his title defence.

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2011 Turkish GP – Race Result

Posted in Race Result with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing eased to a comfortable win in the Turkish GP today, with Mark Webber in second making it the team’s first 1-2 of this season. The pole sitter was in complete control of the race and led almost every lap, reasserting his domination of this year’s championship. Fernando Alonso drove a fantastic race to haul the Ferrari up onto the final podium slot, getting his and the team’s first top 3  finish of 2011. He spent most of the race in second, before Mark Webber used his fresh set of tyres to overtake him with 7 laps remaining.

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2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Analysis

Posted in Qualifying Analysis with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix, but he didn’t blitz everyone else by a full second at the very end of the session as he usually does. This time, he did an early lap in Q3, a truly staggering 1:25.019 time that was miles ahead of all the other drivers on their first runs. Then he sat around, waiting for someone to get within striking distance of his time, possibly got bored, got out of the cockpit with utter confidence while everyone else went out for a second run. He has now been on pole position for all the races in 2011, a 5 race unbeaten streak if you count from Abu Dhabi last year.

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2011 Turkish GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result on May 7, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Another Saturday afternoon shootout, yet another pole position for Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver was way ahead of anyone else in Q2, and was simply too fast to be beaten in Q3. His lap of 1:25.019 was by far the quickest of the weekend, and was four tenths ahead of his team mate Mark Webber. Only Nico Rosberg was more impressive, dragging his Mercedes up to 3rd on the starting grid, just a tenth behind the much faster Red Bull of the Aussie. To put that lap in perspective, Michael Schumacher could manage only eighth fastest in Q3.

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2011 Turkish GP – Saturday Practice Results

Posted in Free Practice 3 Result on May 7, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Saturday practice for the Turkish GP started under blue and sunny skies and the teams got a second session of dry running this weekend. Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the session right at the end, getting himself back to his usual place on the time sheet. The Red Bull driver banged in a 1:26.037 time that was just 0.001 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes. The Silver Arrows continued their strong showing from Friday practice, with Nico Rosberg fourth fastest behind Webber in the second RBR-Renault.

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2011 Turkish GP – Friday Practice 2 Results

Posted in Free Practice 2 Result on May 6, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

The afternoon session of Friday free practice for the Turkish GP was totally dry, in contrast to the morning run, and McLaren’s Jenson Button emerged fastest with a 1:26.456 ahead of Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes. Their team mates were third and fourth fastest respectively, as the silver cars stretched their legs on the fully dry track. Behind them was the Red Bull of Mark Webber, who had a largely uneventful day of practice today.

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